Tom J. Gorgas, 42, of 221 Oswald St., Chewton, passed away in the Ellwood City Hospital emergency room on Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008, at 3:25 a.m.

Tom was born on Jan. 16, 1966, in Ellwood City to the late Walter R. “Wally” Gorgas, who passed away on Dec. 31, 1998, and Karla Zikeli Gorgas of Chewton.

Catholic by faith, Tom graduated from the Lawrence County Vocational-Technical School in 1984, having studied industrial electricity. As an electrician, he had worked for Claws Electric of New Castle, Rubino Electric of Ellwood City and was currently employed with IBEW Local 712 out of Beaver Falls since 1999 as a journeyman.

Tom was a member of Boy Scout Troop 853 and had earned his Eagle Scout Award. Also, he was a member of the Polish White Eagles, serving as a trustee; and a past member of the Chewton Volunteer Fire Department and the Ellwood City Saxons Club.

Tom enjoyed hunting, fishing, NASCAR racing and loved his German shepherd, Jean.

Survivors include Tom’s wife, Lori Biddle Gorgas, whom he married on March 14, 1998; his mother, Karla Zikeli Gorgas of Chewton; a sister, Stephanie Borroni of Ellport; and one niece, Emily Borroni, also of Ellport.

In addition to his father, Tom was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Karl and Doris Zikeli; paternal grandparents, Walter S. and Esther Gorgas; and a uncle, James T. Gorgas.

Visitation will be Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and on Monday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, 309 Spring Ave., Ellwood City.

Services for Tom J. Gorgas will be Monday at 11 a.m. at the funeral Home, with Pastor Peggy Suhr-Barkley officiating. Burial will follow at Slippery Rock Cemetery.

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